Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ph Balanced Moisturizing Shampoo

Trying The No Poo Life

I’ll admit that I happily hopped on the no-poo bandwagon last year. My husband was eager to try water washing, so I used him as my case study towards this shampoo-less lifestyle. I wasn’t brave enough to try it on myself yet, but he didn’t mind me experimenting on him. I’ll frequently shove a spoonful of a new recipe in his mouth for a secondary opinion. Or approach him with a new bodycare product that I’ll just start applying on him without saying anything. The man is used to it.

He started off by washing his hair thoroughly every day with water. After 5 weeks of “transition,” it was unbelievably greasy. He even got our neighbor to try it, but with the same failed results. We then switched to an apple cider vinegar and essential oils rinse. This was poured on and combed through. Finally he had results. His hair was soft, shiny, not greasy, and the dandruff from his psoriasis had been tamed.

Excited by his results, I decided it was time to ditch my bottle of shampoo. I tried the vinegar rinse and about 4 weeks later, I looked like a stringy, greasy mess! I had read that many fellow no-pooers would use baking soda as shampoo, before rinsing in vinegar, so I decided to give it a try. I instantly had perfect, nongreasy hair. I was hooked!

The Problem with Homemade Shampoo

Three months later, I couldn’t stop itching at my scalp. The problem with this method, and many other DIY shampoos is that they drastically raise the PH value of the scalp, then shock it when it’s hit with the acidic vinegar. Over time this disrupts the scalps natural PH and causes itching and flaking...

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Ten Easy and Healthy Snacks for Kids

“Mommy, I’m HUNGRY!”

We’ve all heard this one before. It’s hard to get everything done and everyone fed with our busy schedules. Sure it’s easy to go pick up some McDonald’s happy meals, but we all know they are far from nutritious. Their french fries alone have 17 ingredients , including Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate and Dimethylpolysiloxane. Yummy.

Prepackaged health food presents its own problem. It’s a healthier option, but at $4 for just one box of organic graham crackers, it can quickly get pricy. Especially if you have more than one child, that little box from the health food store isn’t going to last very long.

I would love to be able to have the time to create time intensive, nutrient dense snacks from scratch twice a day, but I realize that’s not going to happen. Thankfully there are healthy, real food snacks for kids that are easy to make and keep your little one happy at the same time. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t just have to be carrot sticks and raisins.

Ten Real Food Snacks For Kids

1. Berries and Cream Popsicles

Full of vitamins and probiotics, make a large batch and store in the freezer for use as needed.
  • 1 cup berries of choice, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup milk kefir OR 1/2 c yogurt and 1/2 c raw milk.
  • 1-3 tsps raw honey to taste
  • 1 tsp green drink powder (optional)

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Serious Back Pain Relief With Essential Oils

Anyone with chronic back pain knows how disruptive this issue is. It effects everything you do and can put limits on what you're able to do.

I'll get the occasional backache, but my husband has had severe back pain for the last 3 years. He has scoliosis, a bulging disc and irregularly shaped vertebrae among a few other issues.

When he first injured it several years ago, he would literally cry out as his body tensed into the fetal position on the floor. I could see the muscles in his back pulsing and spasming in ripples.

The herniated lower disc would put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing a tingling pain to radiate from the lower back and down the legs. His spine was also slightly twisted from a case of scoliosis.

That is, until a few weeks ago.

Serious Back Pain Relief

After three years of daily, moderate to severe pain, he's finally pain free. A few months ago he told me in amazement to feel his spine and asked me to tell him what I felt. "Nothing," I said, confused.
"Exactly.It's straight!" he replied back.

His spine hasn't been straight for a long time.

So what changed? Nothing magically happened overnight, but there were specific changes he had made in the past 4 months that played a significant role in this turning point.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The BEST Guide to Affording Organic Part 2

Eat heathy, yummy foods without spending tons of money!

(Part 2) - Want to be able to afford healthy food, but feel like it's not in your budget. And tired of hearing to just skip the latte, when you can't afford the $5 latte anyways?

In case you missed the first part of this series, I've given some of my best tips for how I (and you) can save some serious dough when it comes to buying healthy food. Read part 1 here.

Here are some other ways to save money while buying organic and natural foods!

Have a Cow

    If you have the freezer space (which is a worthwhile investment), this is a good way to stock up on meat. Buying a half or even a whole cow will really reduce the cost per pound. You can also split the investment with another family (or two or three) if you don't want that much meat.

Don't buy Cultured and Fermented Products

    Milk kefir and kombucha are a tasty way to majorly up your probiotic intake. But buying the individual bottles at the store will cost you about $3 per bottle. For a modest family of four drinking one each for just five days a week will cost around $60!

   You can purchase starter cultures from Cultures for Health or see if someone on a natural health Facebook board would be willing to share with you. I've gotten kefir grains and kombucha scobies for just the cost of shipping before from fermenting and culturing groups on Facebook.

   Yogurt is another really simple one to make. A few containers of plain, organic yogurt at the store is an expensive weekly investment. I just buy one container every few weeks and use 1/4 cup at a time to make a weekly quart of yogurt. Find some instructions for how to make it in your crockpot here.

Selectively Buy Organic Produce

    Switching over from conventional to purely organic produce can cost you twice as much. Every year the Environmental Working Group updates the "dirty dozen" list. This list discloses which items have the most pesticides used on them and are better to buy organic.

    By only buying organic if it's listed on the dirty list saves quite a bit. Apples are #1 on the list for pesticide contamination so we always buy those organic, but mushrooms are all the way at #36, so we just buy those conventional.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Healthy Chocolate Bar Recipe

healthy chocolate bar recipe via: How To Just About Anything

The holidays are a time where everyone seems to let loose a little with their dietary guidelines.

You’ll see even the strictest of eaters sneaking a cookie or two, like these gluten free jam thumbprints, during Christmas dinner.

Then there are those of us who like to stuff our faces with everything in sight. Pecan pie becomes an endangered species this time of year.

I’m glad to say though that there’s a happy medium ground.

Make Your Sweets & Eat Them Too

Healthier, real food desserts are simple to make and taste even better than their preservative laden, junk filled, store bought look alikes.

You can even create a nutrient dense dessert to enjoy, like these dark chocolate almond butter no bakes, or this eggnog that helps strengthen and remineralize teeth.

My biggest weakness though is chocolate.

Every year at Christmas my grandma would make the best fudge using marshmallow cream. It was creamy and fluffy and chocolaty.

healthy chocolate bar recipe via: How To Just About Anything

Everyone loved it and scarfed it down with sugar-crazed Christmas glee, but unfortunately it didn’t have a single wholesome ingredient.

I’ve since discovered that not only are healthier chocolate desserts possible, but they really are easy. We love drizzling this naturally sweetened hot fudge sauce on our ice cream.

And I’ve been making this chocolate bar recipe for the past year that uses superfood ingredients like coconut oil and raw honey.

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